- Age Range: 12 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (June 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250079985
- ISBN-13: 978-1250079985
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Cletus, an older man who is generally inebriated , comes into the store like he does most nights, things in her life take a big turn. Carly realizes that a masked man has accosted Cletus just before he gets into his truck and is holding a gun.
Carly doesn't stop to think, she grabs the shotgun under the counter, slips over the top and rushes out to confront the robber, even though she's terrified and doesn't have a clue how to fire the weapon. After an odd standoff, the would-be robber backs off, but not before stealing her bike to make his getaway.
Thus begins one of the more unusual and prickly romances you'll encounter in a YA novel. The masked man is Arden Moss, former football star and son of the racist sheriff who deported Carly's parents. He'd been trying to scare his grandfather into stopping his driving while drunk. Even though he's had classes with Carly, he, like nearly everyone else at school, hasn't paid any attention to her. Now he can't stop thinking about her, so he connives until he gets her to be his pranking accomplice, something he's missed since his older sister who had schizophrenia, killed herself.
Watching these two strong willed teens edge closer, fall in love and deal with several serious situations makes for a really engrossing read and one that I liked a lot. This is a great book to add to any school or public library.
Maybe I should start this review the same why I keep starting all my other reviews: I was afraid of reading this book. My friend, Melanie loved it and gushed about it, but I was still afraid I wouldn’t like it.
This year has been a great year for favorites. I have read so many good books, the majority having been released this year, I’m almost always worried that the next book I read is going to suck. I’m sure eventually I’m going to come across one that sucks, but Joyride wasn’t it.
Carly works hard, studies hard, and definitely has no time for fun. She has more important things to do. It’s just her and her brother, Julio, trying to make ends meet and trying to help out her parents. She wants to get good grades, to get into a good school, so that she can make a life for herself and her family. She cannot afford to be distracted.
Obviously, things aren’t going to work out for her like that. Not when she meets Arden and he shows her all that she’s missing.
Trying to balance her grades, her job, her family, and now a social life, Carly is in for a ride that she wasn’t expecting, but that might ultimately free her.
‘Kay, so Carly was a spectacular main character. Fierce and tiny, she makes me proud of being Latina, too. She dealt with things like any girl her age would have. Not once did she do something that made me stop and think it was out of character. She was well rounded and fully developed character.
Racism is a heavy theme in this book, especially when you have a Mexican main character and lots of discussion about immigration. Carly was hit with a lot of stereotypes and insults, and she deals with it wonderfully.
Arden has to deal with his fair share of crap too, and he was the most obviously flawed of the two. His life was unbalanced and he had excuses for it. Excuses can be the truth or they can be a lie? Arden needs to realize this.
This book had me wondering if there would be a happy end. The last 30 pages were intense. The ending, however, was completely satisfying. And I won’t tell you if it was happy or not. You’ll just have to read it for yourself.
*Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for an eARC for this honest review*
**Props for the cover having Arden wear those hideous sandals because they’re in FL. ACCURATE**